Credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Onstage at the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 19, 2011

We were very skeptical when reports came out yesterday stating that Vampire Diaries co-stars Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) were in the midst of a debacle. Supposedly, Ian had proposed to Nina, whom he’s been dating for over a year, and she turned him down. When the couple appeared at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, they both laughed at the brouhaha surrounding their supposed lack of engagement.

Nina said if she’d been proposed to, she’d have a ring. “I’m a career woman and a young, very driven woman and I’ve got a lot I have to accomplish before I settle down and have kids and do any of that,” Dobrev told Access Hollywood.

For his part, Ian said he’d fess up if his girlfriend had said no when he popped the question. “It’s not true,” Ian told Access Hollywood. “If it were true, I would admit to it, ‘cause getting turned down builds character!” And if it were true, we doubt he’d have carried her bag at the airport — unless he has a whole lot of character.

Source: Access Hollywood